Unveiling the Genome Sequence and Evolution of Orchids
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          As the largest extant family among flowering plants, the diversity of orchids has been an attractive topic of study for scientists since the time of Darwin. “I never was more interested in any subject in my life, than in this of Orchids,” wrote Darwin to one of his friends. A team including 35 researchers from 17 research institutes including Taiwan, China, Belgium, and Japan was formed to investigate this fascinating plant species, among which are Professor Wen-Chieh Tsai (Institute of Tropical Plant Sciences) along with 5 other NCKU researchers. The team sequenced the Apostasia shenzhenica genome and annotated 21,841 protein-coding genes to solve the hundred–year-old puzzle of the orchid’s evolution and published a paper The Apostasia genome and the evolution of orchids in Nature.